Surprised I Missed This One But Glad I Caught It Later
I am surprised (as well as a little sorry) that I missed this filmsince as a writer for my school paper in the 70s in was censored by theschool principal after a story that caused him some distress (ouradviser took a hit too, but he was very much like the film instructorin this movie). It turned out that he had his hands in a lot of thingsand his primary goal was making the school look good. What saved me atthe time was everything I wrote was the truth.
From the description of the movie I expected this to be "The BreakfastClub" (1985) meets "Ferris Buehler's Day Off" (1986). I was pleasantlysurprised to find this not to be so with only a hint of Breakfast Club.
Although kids generally shouldn't resort to arson, I can honestly seemost of the scenarios playing out even today. If my principal hadignored my editorial it would have got some laughs and died, instead hechose to escalate it. I still see schools make a big deal out of thingsthat would just fade away. In a scene that is often repeated today, theprincipal manages to turn the students involved in very trivialprotests into martyrs through unnecessary suspensions and expulsionsall in the name of "maintaining good order".
The movie is rather well written and acted. The pace is excellent. Fromtop to bottom every role was certainly believable to me. I actually"know" or have "known" every major character in the movie. In the end,students have been getting over on school administrators for years andwill continue to do so forever.